Development and characterization of supramolecular calcitonin assembly and assessment of its interactions with the bone remodelling process.


Molecular Science Laboratory, National Institute of Immunology, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110067, India. Electronic address: [Email]


Osteoporosis is the most common metabolic bone disease, which poses an immense socio-economic burden on the society. Human calcitonin, though safe, is not considered as a therapeutic option because of its high tendency to self-associate to form amyloid fibrils thereby affecting its potency. To circumvent this issue we harnessed the inherent capacity of aggregation and developed an assemblage of human calcitonin monomers, [Supramolecular Calcitonin Assembly (SCAI)], which releases biologically active calcitonin monomers in a sustained manner for a period of at least three weeks. AFM and FT-IR analysis showed that SCA-I is amorphous aggregates of calcitonin monomers. Both SCA-I and monomer released from it demonstrated superior anti-osteoclast activity and proteolytic stability in-vitro. SCA-I upon single injection significantly improved bone formation markers and reduced bone resorption markers in ovariectomized (OVX) rat model of postmenopausal osteoporosis. Micro-CT analysis revealed that calcitonin released from SCA-I exhibits its beneficial effect on cortical bone more profoundly compared to trabecular bone. This study demonstrates that SCA-I is more effective compared to the human calcitonin monomers on osteoclasts and has site-specific effect on bone in a model of post-menopausal osteoporosis. This approach opens up an innovative way to use and study the function of human calcitonin.


Human calcitonin,Osteoporosis,Ovariectomy,Protein aggregation,

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